We realize not everybody out there wants to read a 2,000+ word review so Jeff on our team published a short video instead, which details what you need to know about the Avocado bed-in-a-box.
The online mattress industry has some pretty standard policies when it comes to shipping, returns, trial periods, and the like. Generally speaking, you can expect to receive free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns with a full refund within that time, or a 10-year warranty should you keep the mattress.
Although this is all standard, some companies will veer from the script. Avocado, for example, offers free shipping, the 100-night trial, and free returns, but they step it up a bit with a 25-year warranty. It is a limited warranty, though, and it’s always a good idea to read the fine print for yourself. You can find all the details of their warranty policy on their website.
Despite being a somewhat heavy mattress—like a lot of the beds we’ve reviewed—Avocado ships in a box. It’s compressed and rolled up inside plastic wrapping. Here’s a shot of our team unpacking our Avocado bed.
Because it’s a decently hefty mattress, you’ll probably want a friend to give you a hand with the unboxing process. Luckily, Matt had Jeffrey “The Jet” to help him out.
To fit the mattress in its box, it has to be tightly folded and compressed. You’ll want to give your new bed up to 48 hours to fully take shape. Honestly, though, this whole unboxing process is actually kind of fun, especially if it’s your first time.
Given its eco-friendly design, the Avocado Green Mattress ends up being a slightly more expensive bed. Compared to other online mattresses, this one isn’t going to win any recognition for affordability, but that’s not really the point with Avocado.
This is intended to be a good buy for the money if you place a lot of value on natural and organic materials. You can find a breakdown of the pricing for each size, with and without the additional topper, below.
|King / Cal King||$1,699|
No matter how you look at it, this bed is an investment—a product that you will keep for 7+ years in most cases. And while it is a pricey bed, the company does offer coupon codes on occasion. We likely have a deal on this page for you, but you can always check the Avocado website for current offers and promotions. Bottom line: Avocado isn’t cheap, but it is a good mattress and the price isn’t crazy, all things considered.
The Avocado is a hybrid mattress, meaning its construction contains both foam and coils. While hybrid beds come in all sorts of different feels, this one happens to feel exactly as you’d expect. The coils give it a bit of that traditional innerspring feel, while the foam provides a thin layer of softness to the bed that can be added to with the optional pillow topper.
The Pillow Top Option will cost you between $240 and $500 extra, depending on what size mattress you’re adding it to. With the addition, you get an extra 2″ of latex foam, which helps to soften up the bed.
Without the topper, this is a firm bed. With the topper, it softens up to about a medium-firm. Either way, this probably isn’t for anyone looking for a cozy, sink-in feel from their mattress. In other words, if you like memory foam, Avocado isn’t the bed for you. If, however, you want a responsive, durable, thick mattress, Avocado could be the one for you.
Both with and without the extra couple inches of foam (from the optional topper), though, the Avocado is great in terms of responsiveness. It bounces back quickly after being depressed, which means you won’t be leaving a you-shaped canyon behind when you turn over during the night. Here’s an example of just how quick Avocado is in responding to pressure.
Good responsiveness also means it won’t take any particular effort to switch positions while you sleep—no feeling stuck. For certain sleeper types, this can help you get more restful sleep since you aren’t having to fight your mattress to switch sleeping positions at night.
The Avocado Green mattress is marketed on its natural and organic materials, along with the company’s eco-conscious manufacturing practices. As we’ve said, those features are a large part of why you’ll be paying a bit more for one of these beds.
Let’s break it down by materials and the relevant certifications.
Avocado uses 100% natural Dunlop latex. Dunlop refers to the method of processing the material. It basically means the latex is prepared the traditional way—the natural sap (which Avocado taps from sustainable sources) is baked into a slab that then goes into the mattress. Avocado opts for this method because it’s more eco-friendly than the more modern Talalay method.
Latex, when it’s natural and not synthetic, is an antimicrobial material. That means it discourages dust mites from moving into your mattress and, in turn, helps prevent allergy symptoms, like itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, and headaches.
You’ll also find New Zealand wool in an Avocado mattress. It acts as a moisture-wicking material and a natural flame retardant. It also contributes to the nice, natural, fresh smell of the bed. Natural New Zealand wool is a non-allergenic material, so it’s ideal for those who have allergies to things like down, feathers, or synthetic bedding.
The cover of the Avocado is button-tufted and made from organic cotton that’s been GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. It’s USA-sourced and uses no chemical adhesives.
By law, every mattress must have a flame retardant layer. Avocado uses natural hydrated silica as a fire barrier that works along with the flame retardant properties of the wool. Hydrated silica is a totally safe material. It’s so non-toxic, that you can even find it in natural toothpastes. The US Food & Drug Administration rates it as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS).
The bed as a whole is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment. That certification ensures that the materials satisfy some strict standards for emissions of pollutants and chemical exposure.
All of this combined is the reason that Avocado made our list of the Best Natural And Organic Mattresses.
As we mentioned, the cover on the Avocado mattress is organic cotton and button-tufted by hand. The material is soft and actually smells really nice. We compare it to a farmers’ market or even the outside of an actual avocado. It’s earthy.
The cover is non-removable, which means your only option for cleaning up a spill is spot cleaning. However, that’s fairly standard. Even if a cover is removable, it’s rarely machine washable. Spot cleaning is very simple, though. Use warm water and a little bit of mild detergent to dab at the spot. Just avoid getting the bed too wet.
Another option is going the mattress protector route. Mattress protectors are convenient because you can just pull them off and toss them in the washer. You can find a bunch of affordable mattress protector options on Amazon. However, we would note that adding a mattress protector can stifle the airflow through the mattress and might even change the feel a little bit.
The Avocado Green Mattress is a hybrid bed, constructed with both foam and coils for support that doesn’t compromise comfort.
An 8″ layer of coils provides plenty of support and gives the bed a bit of that traditional innerspring feel. The eco-friendly recycled steel coils are individually fabric-encased, which allows for zoned support and prevents coils that are depressed from creating a ripple effect throughout the mattress. That’s what causes a bed to slope in towards a sleeper, which can cause whoever else is sleeping in the bed to roll into their partner. But again, you don’t have to worry about that with this mattress.
With or without the pillow top, this bed is on the firmer side, though, keep in mind that this is all relative. For petite and medium size side sleepers, the bed will likely be a little too firm. It just doesn’t offer as much pressure relief as other mattresses. If you’re a strict side sleeper, make sure to check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.
If you’re heavier (~250 lb) and add the pillow top, you’ll probably be just fine sleeping on your side with Avocado. A lot of this is subjective based on your weight, so while most people will prefer sleeping on their back and/or stomach with Avocado, certain people should be okay on their side.
This is indeed a good mattress for those who sleep on their back and/or stomach. As we’ve discussed, it’s a firmer bed which tends to be better for back and stomach sleeping. Again, the idea is to keep your spine in proper alignment.
When you’re sleeping on your back or stomach, you need ample support to keep from waking up sore and this mattress does offer plenty of support.
Yes, it can be, but comfort is very subjective and your weight does affect how a mattress feels for you. The general rule is that the lighter you are, the firmer a bed feels, and vice versa. And since the Avocado mattress is medium-firm with the topper, and firm without, that’s something to keep in mind for particularly petite folks. If you know what to expect, we imagine that you’ll find Avocado to be a very comfortable mattress.
In short—yes. Heavier people need a bed that offers a lot of support, and they should also consider the durability of a mattress because the bigger the person, the faster they’ll wear it down. Avocado is a very durable, thicker mattress at 11-13″ depending on whether or not you opt for the pillow top, but either way it’s plenty thick for heavier folks (no way you’ll bottom out), and the bed’s coils and firmness provide enough support for our bigger sleepers.
Avocado has good edge support. That means that couples sharing a smaller bed, like a full or a queen, can use all available space, as opposed to avoiding those outer few inches for fear of rolling off the side of the bed.
It also has pretty good motion isolation, which means that the mattress deadens most cross-bed motion. That’s desirable for couples, particularly if one partner is an active sleeper or one of you gets up a lot. You won’t have to worry about anyone being jostled awake by someone turning over or sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
Avocado is constructed with latex foam, which is generally cooler than memory foam. The mattress also incorporates coils, which allow for great airflow. These features will help prevent you from getting too hot during the night.
A bed’s firmness can also contribute to temperature regulation. Because this is a firm mattress, you stay cooler by sleeping more on top of the bed as opposed to sinking into the top layer and being cradled in your body heat. It’s not a cooling mattress per se, but it will be a viable option for hot sleepers.
It’s not as cheap as an Amazon bed, but it is solid value if you really care about materials and manufacturing processes. For back, stomach, and combination sleepers, Avocado is going to be a great bed. And it will be even better if you want a responsive, naturally cooler mattress. The only negatives that you can point out with this bed are related to personal preferences and are therefore not really negatives. Sure, it’s not for everyone, but there’s a considerable subset of people that will absolutely love the Avocado mattress.
I know we’ve already technically ended the review, but there’s so much more to say, especially when we compare Avocado to other popular bed-in-box mattresses. In this section, we are going to do mini mattress comparisons so that you can get a better idea, relatively speaking, of what Avocado has to offer.
Purple — We are looking at two responsive, durable beds here. Avocado, as we’ve mentioned, uses latex foam, while Purple has a proprietary material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The feel will be totally different, but at least there’s some clear separation. Compared to Purple, Avocado will have more of a traditional innerspring feel. Purple is completely unique and feels almost like you’re laying on a giant Dr. Scholl’s insole. You can find out more in our full Avocado vs Purple comparison.
Saatva —In terms of support, durability, and bounce, Saatva and Avocado are similar, though, if you were to put them next to each other you’d be able to tell the difference. Saatva incorporates memory foam, albeit relatively little, which means the difference in feel between the beds will mostly come down to the firmness level you select.
Casper — Avocado will feel firmer, more supportive, and bouncier than Casper. As such, of the two, we’d consider Avocado to be the better option for heavier individuals, long term. Casper, on the other hand, will be a bit softer and would get the edge for strict side sleepers. It’s not a truly soft mattress, but we think that it will be just fine for average and petite size side sleepers.
Zinus — These two are polar opposites, but what the heck. Avocado is firmer, more supportive, and more premium in terms of materials and construction. Zinus, however, sells for under $500 often times and has a soft, memory foam feel. Before the AmazonBasics mattress hit the scene, Zinus was considered the budget mattress. In this comparison, you would likely only get Zinus if price was your number one concern.
We try to always emphasize that a mattress will feel different to different people. As such, we thought it might be a good idea to share the perspective from individuals with different body types and sleeping preferences. Below are the thoughts from folks on our team.
Petite Side Sleeper — I hardly put any pressure on the mattress since I weigh 110 lb. As such, if I wanted to sleep on my side the entire night, it would just be too firm for me. When I lay on my back or stomach, though, the support is definitely there. I think for me, I would prefer the mattress with the topper.
Large Stomach Sleeper — I weigh about 240 lb, which means I need a supportive bed. With the topper, I think I could sleep on Avocado in pretty much any position I want.
Medium Side Sleeper — Avocado definitely feels firmer, but I like the pillow topper. Would I want to sleep all night on my side? Probably not, but if I roll to my side occasionally it’s not a big deal. I could sleep on my back or stomach without issue. For reference, I weigh about 165 lb.
Medium (Mostly) Back Sleeper — No problem—Avocado is just fine for me. I probably wouldn’t want the version without the pillow top, though. I want a medium-firm mattress, and that’s pretty much what Avocado (with the topper) feels like.
How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?
|We were sent the mattress by Avocado in order to produce this review. However, we did not accept any monetary compensation to provide this review and we operate completely independently of Avocado.|
Is latex foam hypoallergenic?
|No, natural latex is not hypoallergenic. That being said, latex allergies are quite rare (1% of the US population is sensitive to latex, according to the American Latex Allergy Association). Avocado's latex is "100% natural, eco-INSTITUT® certified, anti-microbial, VOC-free, breathable, durable, resilient and sustainable." But if you have a latex allergy, there's a chance you could be sensitive to this mattress. Some companies will say their latex foam is hypoallergenic because they put their latex through a wash that removes the allergy-causing proteins (they're soluble), but Avocado does not claim to do so.|
|You do not need to flip the Avocado mattress. Its construction has the support layer at the bottom, so flipping is not necessary. It is suggested that you rotate the bed, though. The company says to rotate your mattress once per month, for the first six months, then once every three months to ensure even performance.|
Does this mattress work well with a box spring?
|It is not recommended to use a proper box spring with the Avocado mattress since it already contains springs. A flat, hard, non-yielding surface is best suited for this bed.|
Where is the Avocado mattress made?
|It is made in the United States. In fact, according to Avocado's website, the mattress is specifically made in California.|
Is this the only product that Avocado offers?
|No. They also sell a vegan mattress, pillows, a mattress topper, and bed frames.|
Is Avocado available in stores?
|As of early 2019, Avocado isn't available at any nationwide brick and mortar retailers. We have seen other brands such as Tuft & Needle, Casper, and Purple sell in physical stores, but most of these online companies just stick to selling online for one reason or another. We could easily see Avocado being sold in a store such as World Market or even REI.|